Pulmonary Fellowship Training
It is the philosophy of the faculty of the Boston University Pulmonary Center that mentorship is an essential component of fellowship training. During the clinical first year, fellows are paired up with an individual pulmonary faculty member. The purpose of this relationship is to help fellows prepare for conferences, review the literature, and to initiate career planning. All pulmonary fellows also have a clinic preceptor with whom they work for three years. This clinical mentor serves as a resource for education and patient management.
All fellows choose a research mentor at the beginning of their research years. The research mentor will oversee the research training of the fellow. A key element of this process is the identification of a research project that will be conducted under the supervision of the mentor. The overall objective of this process is to ensure that the fellow is given the opportunity to acquire the necessary tools for a successful research career. The nuts and bolts of this process involves providing an experience that enables fellows to be able to understand the theory and practice of laboratory techniques, to critically read the research literature, data analysis, experimental design, grant writing, manuscript preparation, and research presentation.
One of the key roles of the research mentor is to facilitate a several year-long process whose goal is to move the fellow from novice researcher to independent investigator. To ensure that this occurs in a timely and effective manner, our program has instituted several types of oversight. Research fellows meet annually with the Executive Committee of the Pulmonary Center. This committee is comprised of the senior faculty researchers; its role is to oversee the research development of each fellow. Pulmonary fellows also meet at least twice a year with the Program Director to review their progress and provide career guidance.